Let’s talk about logistics. Let’s talk about kings of retail, the B-word, start-up disruptors and Black Friday. The Logistics Podcast, brought to you by SHD Logistics magazine and presented by editor Kirsty Adams, discusses key challenges and opportunities faced by logistics operators.

The Logistics Podcast is back bi-monthly for 2019. See the main features for the year below. Are you a listener with a view? Email podcast host Kirsty.Adams@informa.com.



2019 Main features

Tuesday 15 Jan 2019
Healthcare on demand: Trends in pharma and patient care

Tuesday 5 March 2019
The new King of retail: Which brands are reshaping things?

Tuesday 7 May 2019
Human plus robot: How does it work in (non-virtual) reality?

Tuesday 2 July 2019
Singles Day vs Black Friday. Digital leaders discuss the giants of peak shopping.

Tuesday 10 September 2019
Opportunity knocks: IMHX speakers & exhibitors on prospects for the logistics industry, ahead of the big event.

Tuesday 5 November 2019
The start-ups ripping up the rule book.

Tuesday 3 December 2019
War on plastic: What’s the alternative?

Tuesday 7 January 2020
2020 - 2030: What does the future look like?

Logistics 100 interview: Gayle Emsley-Daniels, Ted Baker

Logistics 100 is our guide to the top professionals in the industry. This month we feature Gayle Emsley-Daniels, Global Carrier Manager at Ted Baker.

Gayle Emsley-Daniels, Global Carrier Manager at Ted Baker, is responsible for parcel activity out of Ted Baker’s three main distribution centre hubs - in Derby for distribution activities in the UK, in Atlanta for the US, and Hong Kong. This encompasses the distribution of products via e-commerce and products that go into its retail stores. 
She talks to SHD Logistics Assistant Editor David Tran about which retailers’ logistics activities most inspires her and whether the global remit of her position is as glamorous as it is cut out to be. Gayle also discusses her main interests away from work, while David also poses the question as to whether she puts her logistics skills to good use by throwing on a party in celebration of her 40th birthday this month.

Gayle features in the SHD Logistics June issue. Please click here to read more in an extended interview.

Out of Office: Budweiser Brewing Group: SHD Logistics Conference 2019 highlights

Budweiser Brewing Group is the world’s leading brewer which includes favourite brands Stella Artois, Budweiser, and Bud Light. Its site in Magor, Wales is their beacon light in warehouse operational innovation, with an automated design that can store 23m pints of beer. Opened in October 2018, this is the company’s first installation of a multi-deep storage solution. The installation also helps to meet the company’s 2025 Sustainability Goals, which includes the target of a 25% reduction to carbon emissions across its value chain against a 2017 baseline – the equivalent of taking more than 1.5 million cars off the road each year.

Warehousing specialist John Tudball spoke to delegates at last month’s event about the 80,000 cubic metre highbay site in the southeast of the country, including the movement of its 14,500 pallets and how it uses its 13 miles of racking effectively.

Out of Office: SHD Logistics Conference 2019 highlights - NHS Supply Chain keynote

The National Health Service is the largest public service organisation in the UK. However, as the NHS is facing rising costs, increasing and an ageing population, the organisation has to find ways of becoming more cost-efficient.
In 2018, Lord Carter published a report which identified unwarranted variation in procurement across the NHS. To ensure delivery of consumable medical supplies are cost-efficient and consistently on time, the NHS devised a supply chain operating model that is aligned to Lord Carter’s vision. At the SHD Logistics Conference, held earlier this week at the historic British Museum in London, Supply Chain Director Chris Holmes and Head of Logistics James Turpin from NHS Supply Chain came on stage as this year’s keynote speakers to discuss the Future Operating Model, as part of an organisational strategy designed to save £2.4bn over the next five years.

Out of Office: XPO Logistics

In the first of our 'Out of Office' episodes of The Logistics Podcast from SHD Logistics, XPO Logistics' UK supply chain managing director Gavin Williams speaks to assistant editor David Tran about XPO’s investment and resource in warehousing automation.

Gavin is one of the company’s key figures driving the company’s automation plans. These include the rollout of some 5,000 cobots across warehouses in North America and Europe, and the launch of a new automated distribution centre in Leicestershire next year with confectionery company Nestlé, dubbed the ‘warehouse of the future’. Gavin speaks to David about XPO’s investment and resource in warehousing automation, gearing ahead to his speaking session at the SHD Logistics Conference at London’s British Museum on Tuesday 14th May.

Out of Office with XPO


Episode 8: Brexit update: Europe prepares for no-deal

SHD Logistics editor Kirsty Adams visited Europa Worldwide Group’s 1Hub in Dartford the day after Theresa May’s second deal was slammed by MPS in the Commons. Dan Cook, group operations director for Europa Road, left one of many Brexit meetings he’s been having, to tell The Logistics Podcast about the preparations they’re putting in place in case of an unwelcome no-deal outcome on 29 March.


Brexit update: Europe prepares for no-deal


Episode 7: The new king of retail logistics

Nike, Selfridges and Hotel Chocolat are coronated as we discuss winning retail logistics operations in the latest episode of The Logistics Podcast. Guests include; Caroline Luxton, head of logistics at online retailer LoveCrafts; Prof. Neil Ashworth, CCO at Yodel & CEO of CollectPlus and Al Gerrie, founder & CEO of returns start-up Zig Zag Global.

What’s helping retail logistics operations survive this aggressive period of change and the lead the charge? Or just survive? We get deep inside the warehouses of online retailer LoveCrafts which is transforming the craft sector – from knitting to sowing – whilst tackling challenges in packaging and returns.

Assistant editor David Tran heads to Decathlon’s new warehouse location in Northampton to meet Barjane’s development director in the UK, Jonathan Buck.

David Thame provides a lively property update.

The new king of retail logistics


Episode 6: Pills in the post

Does your post person deliver your drugs? Did you know that logistics could disrupt critical votes in Parliament?

In Series 2 Episode 1, we interview Amy Shortman, founder and CEO of ASC Associates alongside the company’s chief operating officer Henry Moran, to discuss trends in pharmaceutical and healthcare logistics. They share insight on the importance of predictive analytics, security and what personalised medicine may mean for the final mile. Host Kirsty Adams also recaps her visit to Pharmacy2U.

We interview head of logistics at the House of Commons, Wesley Auvache, who tells us about the refurbishment of Big Ben and a fast-footed Jeremy Corbyn.

Regulars include: Property update from expert David Thame, news from assistant editor David Tran and readers’ emails.

Pills in the post


Episode 5: Brexit: It's a bit of an animal

In this episode, as government’s knee-deep in negotiations, we ask Fresh Logistics driver, Kevin and Europa Worldwide Group MD Andrew Baxter what Brexit means to them. We also source some practical advice from Pauline Bastidon head of European Policy at the Freight Transport Association (FTA) and Shane Brennan, chief executive officer of the Food Storage & Distribution Federation (FSDF).


Brexit: It's a bit of an animal


Episode 4: Who won? The Logistics Awards 2018

This year's edition of The Logistics Awards was SHD Logistics' fifth ceremony. It celebrated some of the most impactful logistics projects over the past 12 months from companies including Ocado, Sainsbury’s and Wed2B. SHD Logistics’ assistant editor David Tran highlights some of the most memorable moments from the awards, held on Thursday 20 September at the Shakespeare’s Globe.

Who won? The Logistics Awards 2018

Episode 3 - Will machines takeover? People & Automation (feat. Ocado)

Dark human-free warehouses? This isn’t the picture being painted by this month’s podcast guests as we discuss machines, humans and job titles of the future. This episode explores how human roles are changing, collaboration and embracing automation.

Will machines take over?

Property Special: Inside Magna Park with John Lewis

John Lewis’ base in Magna Park, Milton Keynes is a gigantic 2.1m sq ft space which initially opened in June 2009. Its operations are spread across two warehouse facilities, Magna Park 1 and Magna Park 2, working harmoniously to fulfil online customer orders and in-store stock. Ever wondered what goes on inside these vast facilities? SHD Logistics assistant editor David Tran went along to visit one of the UK’s best loved retailers to find out.

Property special


Episode 2 - Death of the high street

“If the high street is dying then why is it that Amazon and Missguided…and others are opening high street shops?” That’s Professor Neil Ashworth. He leads the debate in Episode 2 around the life and death and life of the high street.

The death of the high street debate


Episode 1 - Black Friday is back (feat. John Lewis)

You can’t run. You can’t hide. Black Friday is back. It returns on 30 November 2018 and planning should have already started. This episode we speak to experts/survivors of Black Friday including John Munnelly, Head of Operations – Magna Park, John Lewis, Duncan Licence VP, Global Solutions and New Products at Metapack Group and Kevin Mofid from Savills.

Black Friday is back


The Logistics Podcast is published by-monthly on Tuesdays and coincides with monthly title SHD Logistics magazine. It includes interviews with experts from leading retailers, pioneering 3PLs, the associations that represent them and supply chain academics. Together, we tell a story each episode of a profession which is becoming more visible and more critical every day. It’s a riveting tale. 

SHD Logistics magazine is the authoritative source for decision makers in the logistics market, keeping readers up-to-date on key developments in the profession. Published alongside the Logistics Podcast and events including The Logistics Conference and the UK’s largest intralogistics event IMHX, our magazine is at the heart of the conversation – of our logistics community – and has been for 60 years.